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Dozens of high rise buildings feature flammable cladding

6/13/2018
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Auckland Council has released a list of 25 buildings across the city with exterior aluminum composite cladding like that used on Grenfell Tower in London, the scene of a fire last year where more than 70 people died. Auckland council says the buildings with the flammable polyethylene cores in their aluminum claddings are not necessarily […]

Duration:00:10:33

Calls to register drug testing industry workers

6/6/2018
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Deep down we always knew something stank when it came to the meth testing industry. People with no oversight or registration were invited into people’s homes to test for meth. And, if they found a trace, the homeowner would be advised to spend a lot of money to remedy it. But we now know, thanks […]

Duration:00:06:52

Housing pressure continues to ease

5/30/2018
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A year ago the Herald reported on the meth-testing industry and questioned the criteria used to pull houses apart to ‘make them safe’ to live in. We shone a light on an industry that has cost home owners lots of money, lots of stress, and in some cases led to much-needed State homes being taken […]

Duration:00:10:03

Housing shortage pain to continue in Auckland

5/25/2018
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On average, 800 people arrive in Auckland every month looking for somewhere to call home. But nowhere near enough affordable homes are on the market to meet current demand. Tony Alexander, the BNZ’s chief economist says the shortage will continue to get bigger in the next few years, mainly due to rising construction costs and […]

Duration:00:09:49

This week’s budget and housing market news

5/17/2018
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Trying to pick the current trend in the housing market cycle is a tough call. Will prices remain steady, rise or fall — and can a trend in one part of the country be applied to another? There’s so many variables. The economists over at Westpac rightly say the housing market cooled early last year […]

Duration:00:07:56

Landlords put on notice as storm clouds gather

5/9/2018
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Dark clouds are slowly moving in on property investors, particularly recent entrants who bought during the past two years hoping to make some quick cash with capital gains. The fact is that rental income is rarely enough to cover the cost of buying and maintaining a rental property, so capital gain was the only game […]

Duration:00:07:37

Buyers hold out for new homes, and is a recession on the horizon?

5/2/2018
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It seems some first-time home-buyers could be holding out for a new home rather than buying an existing one. There may be a few reasons for this: they can be cheaper to buy and I expect they’ll be warmer, drier and cost less to maintain than some older homes that have single-glazed windows and near-zero […]

Duration:00:04:26

New Zealand property podcast 90

4/25/2018
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Sales of lifestyle properties are on the up, according to the Real Estate Institute, with 182 more sales in the three months ended March than for the three months ended February. The median price for all lifestyle properties sold in the first quarter was $647,500. Brian Peacocke, the institute’s rural spokesman, says there were 1716 […]

Duration:00:02:24

Lots of noise, little action on housing

3/23/2018
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Despite the hoopla created by the previous National Government when it announced its Special Housing Areas (SHAs) legislation in 2013, little headway — if any — has been made to build a single additional home, let alone an “affordable” one.

Duration:00:03:15